The iPhone reality distortion field

I was much more excited about the iPhone yesterday than I am today. Why? Cause reality is setting in. This thing is not as good as it seems. Paul Kedrosky has the details. He forgot a few things (he lists five):

6) Battery is only two hours up to five hours and is not replaceable (if you play video). UPDATE: sorry for getting that wrong, but tons of people, including some Mac journalists told me it’d only get two hours in video playback mode. Watch a video and your battery is dead. Now your cell phone is dead too. So, you won’t want to watch a video on a plane flight with this thing like you would with your iPod.
7) It’s Cingular only and GSM. That automatically keeps more than half of Americans from considering this and for the rest of the world? They are laughing about the iPhone now.
8) The camera sucks. It’s a 2megapixel device without flash, without zoom. Nokia’s newest cameras blow this one away.
9) No GPS. For a $600 device that really, really, really sucks.

More later. In the BlogHaus last night there were a few “pro Apple folks” who were REALLY disappointed with this. They also pointed out that if you need to text, or email, or blog from your phone that using a touch screen will be very unsatisfactory compared with a Blackberry or a Treo.

405 thoughts on “The iPhone reality distortion field

  1. Ay I just wanna say Fuck that damn iphone.. All I hear about is people talking bout how cool it is..and how its the best phone ever made! Dude suck a dick!..the sidekick is the best phone for text,email,and instant message..im so tired of seeing people wit the iphone going onto sidekick blogs talking shit bout it.. Hell I do everything on this
    phone.. O0o yea and I typed all this on my LX!.. Now wut iphone lovers.. U can’t type all this on that big touch screen..holla at me! Peace!

  2. They are also years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to
    desktop or laptop too. Last time ive changed my computer the total cost.
    Was 300$ to get a Quad Xeon. Value IS important. Sold my old one for 2500. Added 300 and Voila… top of the line computer for 300. Cool no ? Its been like that for at least 9 years now.

    So far since the start Ive added just about 300 every 3 years to get upgraded.
    So its 100 $ a year to have a Verry expensive machine ? I think I spend about the same as everybody else no ? I like Apple. How much did you spend and what did you get ?

  3. They are also years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to
    desktop or laptop too. Last time ive changed my computer the total cost.
    Was 300$ to get a Quad Xeon. Value IS important. Sold my old one for 2500. Added 300 and Voila… top of the line computer for 300. Cool no ? Its been like that for at least 9 years now.

    So far since the start Ive added just about 300 every 3 years to get upgraded.
    So its 100 $ a year to have a Verry expensive machine ? I think I spend about the same as everybody else no ? I like Apple. How much did you spend and what did you get ?

  4. I hate Apple, I hate Steve Jobs, I hated the iPhone. But then I got one because the store was out of the HTC Tilt (Windows Mobile 6) and told me I could use the iPhone and return it when the HCT Tilt came in, well after using the iPhone for a week now I have absolutly no intention of ever going back to Windows Mobile. I have never had a device in my pocket that is this powerful with this good of an interface. The camera does suck unless you are in a heavily light area and have a steady hand but other then that I have zero other complaints, I watch my pod casts, watch uTube files constantly (can’t help it) and listen to music, plus the phone integration is seamless and it is always 100% reponsive. I can also type faster on the keyboard this thing had then my PPC-6700 that I own previously that had a dedicated full size slide out keyboard. I will never own an Apple Laptop or Desktop Computer but they are years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to cell phones. My single favorite feature is the fully feature web browser, I can login to my work mail though Outlook Web Access, I can login to my Bank Account without them having to have a mobile friendly version of the website and even though the EDGE network is considered slow it is a crap ton faster then 56k dialup and is still plenty fast to do anything I want to do. Don’t trust comments on the iPhone until you have actually used one, I was sadly one of the people going around posting comments about how crappy this thing is and picking on all of its faults. But once I was in a position to use one for a while I changed my mind on all of them. And as for the battery when it goes dead I’ll gladly pay the fee to have Apple replace it, its nice not having battery covers fall off or be tempted to buy batteries of ebay that only last for 1 hour :)

  5. I hate Apple, I hate Steve Jobs, I hated the iPhone. But then I got one because the store was out of the HTC Tilt (Windows Mobile 6) and told me I could use the iPhone and return it when the HCT Tilt came in, well after using the iPhone for a week now I have absolutly no intention of ever going back to Windows Mobile. I have never had a device in my pocket that is this powerful with this good of an interface. The camera does suck unless you are in a heavily light area and have a steady hand but other then that I have zero other complaints, I watch my pod casts, watch uTube files constantly (can’t help it) and listen to music, plus the phone integration is seamless and it is always 100% reponsive. I can also type faster on the keyboard this thing had then my PPC-6700 that I own previously that had a dedicated full size slide out keyboard. I will never own an Apple Laptop or Desktop Computer but they are years ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to cell phones. My single favorite feature is the fully feature web browser, I can login to my work mail though Outlook Web Access, I can login to my Bank Account without them having to have a mobile friendly version of the website and even though the EDGE network is considered slow it is a crap ton faster then 56k dialup and is still plenty fast to do anything I want to do. Don’t trust comments on the iPhone until you have actually used one, I was sadly one of the people going around posting comments about how crappy this thing is and picking on all of its faults. But once I was in a position to use one for a while I changed my mind on all of them. And as for the battery when it goes dead I’ll gladly pay the fee to have Apple replace it, its nice not having battery covers fall off or be tempted to buy batteries of ebay that only last for 1 hour :)

  6. the iPhone will be a huge hit…. bigger than the ipod. Prepare for the retreat… wouldn’t it be great if there was a scoble reality distortion field! But, there isn’t.

  7. the iPhone will be a huge hit…. bigger than the ipod. Prepare for the retreat… wouldn’t it be great if there was a scoble reality distortion field! But, there isn’t.

  8. I have read so many review and most of them do not make sence. They have compare phones that will not work in the usa on major networks and do not state how the networks control what we buy. GSM is the only way to enter the world market and apple has shown people that there can be a wider range of produces. For those that try to compare it to the treo must be in wonderland and love reset and hotsync problems I have had a 600 and 650 both have major problems and poor phone usage. Great phone have not been sold in this country. I give apple a hand for taking on all the know it alls in this country that tell you how wonderfull all the phone in this country are that will not sell anywhere else. To buy a great phone do not look here go to the unlocked market. All I want out of the Iphone is to make people understand what these company are doing to use us users and keeping manufatureing company from selling there best Here. Lets see in june what the real Iphone is Like and Just to let you Know I have several other phones on ny mind and will not be geting the first addition of Iphone. Cingular,Verison and Sprint have controled us by locked phone and stripping the down that is why most manufacture do not sell there best Here.

  9. I have read so many review and most of them do not make sence. They have compare phones that will not work in the usa on major networks and do not state how the networks control what we buy. GSM is the only way to enter the world market and apple has shown people that there can be a wider range of produces. For those that try to compare it to the treo must be in wonderland and love reset and hotsync problems I have had a 600 and 650 both have major problems and poor phone usage. Great phone have not been sold in this country. I give apple a hand for taking on all the know it alls in this country that tell you how wonderfull all the phone in this country are that will not sell anywhere else. To buy a great phone do not look here go to the unlocked market. All I want out of the Iphone is to make people understand what these company are doing to use us users and keeping manufatureing company from selling there best Here. Lets see in june what the real Iphone is Like and Just to let you Know I have several other phones on ny mind and will not be geting the first addition of Iphone. Cingular,Verison and Sprint have controled us by locked phone and stripping the down that is why most manufacture do not sell there best Here.

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  11. When the iPod came out, i was like – what ? no FM ! it wont sell. it did.

    So, with the iPhone (or whatever it will be called after Cisco and Apple get through with it), its something which everyone would want – or envy if they dont have the money.

    Let me put my points across to you – from a perpective of a person in India .

    6. Battery is less.
    - Not really a problem for those who can afford it. Sure, it may be a problem for a rickshawala, but they cannot afford it anyways. For others, like me, who work at the desk and comp all the time, it will be getting charged all the time.

    7. its GSM ! Can you believe that ! The CDMA networks in India are pretty much owned by the company, which means we have to be at their mercy for the phones we get. with GSM , we depend on the network companies only for the SIM card. We can independently buy the phones. Which is a pretty good deal, as if we dont like the network provider, we can just switch the SIM and be on the same phone.

    8. Camera. Well, my treo650 has a .5 MP camera. 2MP is pretty good. My sis has one 1.3 without flash, and for most uses its good. If you want flash, and want something better, you need to get a camera. Even if the phone had a good 4MP camera, people would crib about it not having optical zoome etc. etc. etc.

    9. GPS . Come on man. We dont even have good maps here. GPS is a distant dream. One of my friends has a GPS. No maps. Uses it to create squiggles for his road trips.

    The only point i will add is :
    10. Not available in Asia for a long time :(

    Vibhu..

  12. When the iPod came out, i was like – what ? no FM ! it wont sell. it did.

    So, with the iPhone (or whatever it will be called after Cisco and Apple get through with it), its something which everyone would want – or envy if they dont have the money.

    Let me put my points across to you – from a perpective of a person in India .

    6. Battery is less.
    - Not really a problem for those who can afford it. Sure, it may be a problem for a rickshawala, but they cannot afford it anyways. For others, like me, who work at the desk and comp all the time, it will be getting charged all the time.

    7. its GSM ! Can you believe that ! The CDMA networks in India are pretty much owned by the company, which means we have to be at their mercy for the phones we get. with GSM , we depend on the network companies only for the SIM card. We can independently buy the phones. Which is a pretty good deal, as if we dont like the network provider, we can just switch the SIM and be on the same phone.

    8. Camera. Well, my treo650 has a .5 MP camera. 2MP is pretty good. My sis has one 1.3 without flash, and for most uses its good. If you want flash, and want something better, you need to get a camera. Even if the phone had a good 4MP camera, people would crib about it not having optical zoome etc. etc. etc.

    9. GPS . Come on man. We dont even have good maps here. GPS is a distant dream. One of my friends has a GPS. No maps. Uses it to create squiggles for his road trips.

    The only point i will add is :
    10. Not available in Asia for a long time :(

    Vibhu..

  13. Perhaps it’s been mentioned somewhere up there in all those comments (I quit reading after 100…nothing personal; I have a 100 comment limit) but it seems to me that the iPhone’s true purpose is to behave as a wireless pocket computer and not as a phone or an ipod at all. With that in mind, I’m less ticked off about it’s arrival: I was hoping (assuming?) there would be a big ipod upgrade to widescreen and was so excited because I was just saddled with a 3hr bus commute twice a week and I subscribe to over 80 videoblogs! I hadn’t yet bought a video ipod because I figured I’d go blind watching that teensy screen! So I held out. Turns out I held out for nothing. I have a relatively new Treo 650 that meets all my phone and daily planner needs. It also runs all my nursing software, something the iPhone certainly will not do. And $500 is too steep for anything that will die in two to five hours.

    I’ll have to hold out again till they de-phone the iPhone. Next year? Yikes. That’s a lot of sad, lonely bus rides.

  14. Perhaps it’s been mentioned somewhere up there in all those comments (I quit reading after 100…nothing personal; I have a 100 comment limit) but it seems to me that the iPhone’s true purpose is to behave as a wireless pocket computer and not as a phone or an ipod at all. With that in mind, I’m less ticked off about it’s arrival: I was hoping (assuming?) there would be a big ipod upgrade to widescreen and was so excited because I was just saddled with a 3hr bus commute twice a week and I subscribe to over 80 videoblogs! I hadn’t yet bought a video ipod because I figured I’d go blind watching that teensy screen! So I held out. Turns out I held out for nothing. I have a relatively new Treo 650 that meets all my phone and daily planner needs. It also runs all my nursing software, something the iPhone certainly will not do. And $500 is too steep for anything that will die in two to five hours.

    I’ll have to hold out again till they de-phone the iPhone. Next year? Yikes. That’s a lot of sad, lonely bus rides.

  15. “The other carries such as LG, HTC, NOKIA…do get …apple is not the only innovator..checkout the following links:”

    The Nokia and BenQ devices do look interesting, but they are only design prototypes.

    In creating the iPhone, Apple has created a whole new platform – allowing it to leverage it’s experience developing applications, such as Final Cut Pro, Mail.app and iPhoto; along with OS technologies, such as Core Animation, Core Image and Dashboard. I don’t see how the cell phone industry can keep up in this space.

    The only other company who could have come even close to putting out something like the iPhone is Microsoft. However, Apple’s prior experience in creating it’s own notebooks, the Newton and iPods have given it a huge advantage in this segment.

    In addition, Mac OS X technologies, such as Core Image, are already designed to work on two different platforms – Intel and Power PC. At runtime, Core Image detects what hardware is available and just-in-time compiles image processing tasks for either the GPU (graphics card) or one or more SIMD vector units (SSE on Intel or Altivec on PPC) – whatever is most appropriate for the job.

    http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/15

    Instead of creating a whole new API, Apple was able to bring Core Image, and dashboard like effects, to the iPhone by adding it’s graphics processor to the existing list of supported hardware.

    As for releasing a tablet based Mac, it appears that Jobs still doesn’t think general-purpose tablet computing is ready for prime time. It’s likely that the iPhone will be the only fruit of Apple’s tablet research we’ll see over the next few years.

  16. “The other carries such as LG, HTC, NOKIA…do get …apple is not the only innovator..checkout the following links:”

    The Nokia and BenQ devices do look interesting, but they are only design prototypes.

    In creating the iPhone, Apple has created a whole new platform – allowing it to leverage it’s experience developing applications, such as Final Cut Pro, Mail.app and iPhoto; along with OS technologies, such as Core Animation, Core Image and Dashboard. I don’t see how the cell phone industry can keep up in this space.

    The only other company who could have come even close to putting out something like the iPhone is Microsoft. However, Apple’s prior experience in creating it’s own notebooks, the Newton and iPods have given it a huge advantage in this segment.

    In addition, Mac OS X technologies, such as Core Image, are already designed to work on two different platforms – Intel and Power PC. At runtime, Core Image detects what hardware is available and just-in-time compiles image processing tasks for either the GPU (graphics card) or one or more SIMD vector units (SSE on Intel or Altivec on PPC) – whatever is most appropriate for the job.

    http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/15

    Instead of creating a whole new API, Apple was able to bring Core Image, and dashboard like effects, to the iPhone by adding it’s graphics processor to the existing list of supported hardware.

    As for releasing a tablet based Mac, it appears that Jobs still doesn’t think general-purpose tablet computing is ready for prime time. It’s likely that the iPhone will be the only fruit of Apple’s tablet research we’ll see over the next few years.

  17. 1) GPS is a non issue, because using tower triangulation, they can determine someone’s location with very reasonable accuracy.

    2) Lack of 3G is a legitimate problem. However, Steve Jobs says in the key note itself that 3G will be added in the future.

    3) Lack of tactile feel may be a very big problem, however, lets see how Apple implements their keyboard, which may stop this problem from being a deal breaker.

    4) Camera without video is stupid, but they should be able to fix that easily enough.

    5) Closed system is also a big problem, but I am sure if consumers start resenting it, Apple will immediately publish a set of API’s.

    6) However, the new UI, and the amazing potential of this device will probably more than make up for these issues, for a significant number of people. Also, the price is not a problem, because in other countries, people buy high quality phones without contracts for anywhere between 200-1000 dollars, and i doubt that they will release it tied to a single service outside the US.

  18. 1) GPS is a non issue, because using tower triangulation, they can determine someone’s location with very reasonable accuracy.

    2) Lack of 3G is a legitimate problem. However, Steve Jobs says in the key note itself that 3G will be added in the future.

    3) Lack of tactile feel may be a very big problem, however, lets see how Apple implements their keyboard, which may stop this problem from being a deal breaker.

    4) Camera without video is stupid, but they should be able to fix that easily enough.

    5) Closed system is also a big problem, but I am sure if consumers start resenting it, Apple will immediately publish a set of API’s.

    6) However, the new UI, and the amazing potential of this device will probably more than make up for these issues, for a significant number of people. Also, the price is not a problem, because in other countries, people buy high quality phones without contracts for anywhere between 200-1000 dollars, and i doubt that they will release it tied to a single service outside the US.

  19. Digital Hell: From what I understand, unlocking the phone won’t be difficult, but unlocked phones operating on other networks won’t support all of the iPhone’s fuctions (like listening to voicemail in any order you want).

    Nick: Not to be a Macsturbator or anything, but Jobs did say that one of this phone’s great features was how easy it would be to change even after it was sold. I can imagine that Apple will monitor the consumer buzz and add new features that you can download via a software-update like system. If the interface is screwy, maybe they’ll allow users to make adjustments based on the size of their fingers.

    I’m not saying that I put my faith completely in Apple, but they really, really do get user interfaces. It’s possible that they really have cooked up something revolutionary here. It is a pity that we have to wait until June to see it.

  20. Digital Hell: From what I understand, unlocking the phone won’t be difficult, but unlocked phones operating on other networks won’t support all of the iPhone’s fuctions (like listening to voicemail in any order you want).

    Nick: Not to be a Macsturbator or anything, but Jobs did say that one of this phone’s great features was how easy it would be to change even after it was sold. I can imagine that Apple will monitor the consumer buzz and add new features that you can download via a software-update like system. If the interface is screwy, maybe they’ll allow users to make adjustments based on the size of their fingers.

    I’m not saying that I put my faith completely in Apple, but they really, really do get user interfaces. It’s possible that they really have cooked up something revolutionary here. It is a pity that we have to wait until June to see it.

  21. How ’bout the fact that anything CES did was overshadowed by Macworld and this announcement? Something was announced in Vegas and then something else, and oh right smart phones are smart.

  22. How ’bout the fact that anything CES did was overshadowed by Macworld and this announcement? Something was announced in Vegas and then something else, and oh right smart phones are smart.

  23. What you don’t get is that the iPhone is the first step of a many-runged ladder; just like the Mac was the beginning of real personal computing.

    Imagine, a permanently online OSX in your pocket. That’s what it’s REALLY about.

  24. What you don’t get is that the iPhone is the first step of a many-runged ladder; just like the Mac was the beginning of real personal computing.

    Imagine, a permanently online OSX in your pocket. That’s what it’s REALLY about.

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